AFTER eleven years of lobbying politicians and the Department of Education, Loreto Kilkenny has finally been given the thumbs up to build a new extension.
On Thursday of last week the attorney general finally signed off on the 4.5m euro contract to refurbish and extend the school on granges road in Kilkenny city.
Principal of Loreto Kilkenny, Colm Keher said that he was looking forward to getting the project under way. “We’re thrilled to be getting the project under way. The school first applied in 2000. It came very close to coming to fruition in 2007 but the collapse of the economy put an end to it. We’re finally getting it back on track, and I’m looking forward to a big hole being dug with in the next fortnight.”
The project will take approximately 15 months to complete and one of the biggest issues in the planning of the project has been scheduling the construction so that it does not interfere with the students. The new section of the school will be built first, during the summer months, in September some students will be moved into this area while the existing buildings in the school are refurbished.
The new extension will include a new entrance to the school which will now face on to the Granges Road and will incorporate a green area and a car park. It will house approximately 20 rooms over two storeys with a mixture of general classrooms, specialist rooms (a science laboratory, two computer rooms, music, religious education, drama, learning support, business, multi-media) and an administration area.